|Only 3% Are Women? A Forum on Diversifying the Construction Workforce|
Meet the pioneering tradeswomen who are organizing for equity and diversity in the field of construction. They are on the frontline of a working-class movement of women and people of color fighting to open up the white, male world of construction. Working class jobs that give opportunity – training, livable wages & benefits - are in short supply in our country. Currently only 3% of tradespeople in Western Mass and nationally are women. Come meet some of the women leading this movement and learn how building the new Neilson Library can play a role!
Lily Thompson, Carpenters Local 336 member & steward (Plainfield resident, 15 year carpenter)
Tyeka Robinson, Carpenters Local 336 member & steward (Springfield resident, 6 year carpenter)
Theresa Copeland, Carpenters Local 336 member, 3rd year apprentice (Northampton resident, 3 year carpenter)
Janet Butler, owner & President of Federal Concrete, Inc. WBE (Women’s business enterprise)
Moderator: Susannah Howe, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, Design Clinic Director, Smith College
Welcome: Carrie N. Baker, Program for the Study of Women and Gender